Facebook is indeed a downer, another study suggests

Posted on 15 Aug 2013


The average U.S. resident spends a nice chunk of their life – 32 minutes daily by one estimate – on Facebook. But the question of how Facebook really makes people feel – whether we’re a freshman in college, or a 45-year-old knitting enthusiast in the Midwest – that’s been a subject of much debate – and several studies – among psychologists. The newest study suggests, much like others have in the past, that the social network can be a bit of a downer.

The research, from the University of Michigan, involved surveying 82 undergrads who live near the campus, with the survey questions done, appropriately, via text message. The more time the college students said they spent on Facebook, the more likely they were to to report feeling a little less chipper, a little less satisfied with life.

Rather than take their answers in one sitting, or two, or three, the researchers pinged the group on their phones every few hours, every day, for two weeks. The median age of the students was 19.

“The more people reported using Facebook, the more negative they were feeling following Facebook use,” Oscar Ybarra, a psychologist at the University of Michigan and one of the authors of the study, told NBC News.

The researchers published their findings in the Aug. 14 issue of PLOS ONE. …


Giving it up was fun. I have time for better things now, like this blog.

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